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Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Froome 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Nairo Quintana 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Alejandro Valverde »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Chris Froome 4. Dan Martin 5. Fabio Aru »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Chris Froome 4. Chris Horner 5. Fabio Aru »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Philippe Gilbert 3. Zdenek Stybar 4. Tony Gallopin 5. Michael Rogers »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. It certainly took a solid pair to win this year. »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Lizzie Armistead 3. Emma Johansson 4. Kristen Wild 5. Emma Pooley »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vincenzo Nibali 2. Alberto Contador 3. Christopher Froome 4. Alejandro Valverde 5. Andrew Talansky »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Mara Abbott 3. Claudia Lichtenberg 4. Liz Armistead 5. Tiffany Cromwell »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Claudia Lichtenberg 4. Liz Armistead 5. Tiffany Cromwell »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairio Quintana 2. Joaquim Rodriquez 3. Cadel Evans 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Fabio Aru »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairio Quintana 2. Joaquim Rodriquez 3. Cadel Evans 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Samuel Sanchez »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Cadel Evans 2. Nairo Quintana 3. Joaquím Rodríguez 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Samuel Sanchez »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Dan Martin 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Michał Kwiatkowski »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vincenzo Nibali 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Dan Martin 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Jelle Vanendert »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Vincenzo Nibali 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Dan Martin 4. Philippe Gilbert 5. Jelle Vanendert »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Elizabeth Armitstead 4. Liz Armistead 5. Anna Van Der Breggen »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Philipe Gilbert 2. Michal Kwiatkowski 3. Vincenzo Nibali 4. Alejandro Valverde 5. Daniel Moreno »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Michael Kwiatkowskli 3. Simon Gerrans 4. Philippe Gilbert 5. Tom Dumoulin »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Tom Boonen 4. Taylor Phinney 5. Alexander Kristoff »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Tom Boonen 4. Greg Van Avermaet 5. John Degenkolb »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Tom Boonen 4. Taylor Phinney 5. John Degenkolb »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. Tom Boonen 4. NIKI TERPSTRA 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Anna van der Breggen 2. . ELISA LONGO BORGHINI 3. Emma Johansson 4. Annemiek Van Vleuten 5. Kirsten Wild »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tom Boonen 2. Peter Sagan 3. Alexander Kristoff 4. John Degenkolb 5. Arnaud Démare »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Tom Boonen 2. Peter Sagan 3. Fabian Cancellara 4. Tyler Farrar 5. Arnaud Démare »